EC ban on Amit Shah lifted, stayed on Azam Khan; SP reacts

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New Delhi, April 18:Narendra Modi's closest aide and BJP leader Amit Shah can now be at peace as the Election Commission lifts the ban on him, not allowing him to participate in the Lok Sabha poll campaigns in Uttar Pradesh.

This move by the EC came after Shah convinced them that he would not disturb the public tranquility and law and order.

Meanwhile, SP leader Azam Khan's ban has reached no announcement, much to the chagrin of the party.

Azam Khan, in an interview said that the EC had been partial in not listening to him fully and passing on the judgement.

SP's appeal to EC: Lift ban on Khan, reconsider decision on Shah

Much to the inconvenience of the SP, one of its senior-most leaders-Azam Khan- cannot take part in the poll campaigns. This, perhaps has miffed the party which appeals to the EC to reconsider its decision on Amit Shah and lift the ban on Azam Khan.

SP feels that EC has come under the influence of BJP.

SP leader Rajendra Chaudhary says,"The EC should reconsider their decision, they should also reconsider their actions against Azam Khan, they have been unfair to Azam Khan. I would like to request the EC to reinstate the ban that was laid on Amit Shah."

Some SP leaders also believe that the EC came under the influence of BJP and its PM nominee Narendra Modi. Naresh Aggarwal, for instance said,"When the EC has lifted the ban on Amit Shah , ban on Azam Khan should also be lifted. Looks like the EC is also working under the pressure from BJP and Narendra Modi.. this shows the double standards. We condemn this."

Azam Khan, in a public rally in Muslim-dominated Masuri area, had said that the Kargil war was won because of the Muslim Indian soldiers and not the Hindu ones.

Similarly, Amit Shah also passed a controversial statement saying that the general elections is the best opportunity to seek "revenge for the insult" inflicted during the Muzaffarnagar riots.

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